Tireless fundraising by a Reading family has helped a charity to give two more specialist machines to the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for use by people with respiratory problems.
Lin Jenkins, from Tilehurst is out every weekend with relatives raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association which supports her inspirational brother-in-law Alec Jenkins.
She and her husband Paul have raised thousands of pounds in the last three years and wanted their hard-earned cash to go towards two more “cough assist” machines costing a total of £6,000.
Lin said: “When Alec was first diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), like most people, we fell apart. When we saw how brave he was we took our cue from him and we have turned his illness in our family from a negative experience into a positive one.
“I try to be out every weekend selling items at fetes and car boot sales. With my husband Paul and son Ross doing sponsored walks and runs it has almost become a family business. Our extended family donates items, money and help where they can.”
Two years ago the charity’s Reading and West Berkshire branch presented four cough assist machines to the Royal Berkshire Hospital after an appeal for donations towards the £12,000 cost.
The new machines will also be based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and will be available for people to use at home. The Association hopes they will make a difference to the life expectancy of some people affected by MND and prevent distressing hospital admissions.
Jane Gilbert, from the Reading and West Berkshire MND Association said: “We are hoping to prime pump these into the health service so it can see the benefits for people faced with respiratory failure and distress.
“This is a good example of collaborative working between two organisations to improve the quality of life for people in Berkshire who are living with MND – a devastating neurological condition with no known cure.”